Daily Scripture Readings

December 2014

Prayers ↓ | Readings ↓

Prayers

Prayers Before Reading the Bible

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Shine into our heart, O loving Master, the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our minds to an understanding of the things Your Gospel teaches.

Implant in us also a reverence for Your blessed commandments so that, putting down the desires of our bodies, we may pursue a spiritual way of life, thinking and doing only those things that will please You.

For You are the light of our souls and our bodies, Christ our God, and to You we give glory: to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and unto the ages. Amen.
— from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Thanksgiving Following Bible Reading

O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

O God, You have spoken to us Your divine and saving words. Illumine the souls of us sinners to comprehend that which has been read, that we do not appear simply as hearers of Your spiritual words, but doers of good deeds, true pursuers of faith,

having a blameless life and a conduct without reproach in Christ our Lord, with Whom You are blessed and glorified, together with Your all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and unto the ages. Amen
— from the Liturgy of St James, Brother of God

Readings

  1. Mon: The Holy Prophet Nahum Fast Jer 5:1-9k | 2 Tim 2:20-26 | Lk 19:37-44*    
  2. Tue: The Holy Prophet Habakkuk Fast Is 43:9-14v1 | 2 Tim 3:16-4:4 | Lk 19:45-48*
  3. Wed: The Holy Prophet Zephaniah Fast WSol  3:1-9v2 | 2 Tim 4:9-22 | Lk 20:1-8*
  4. Martyr Barbara, John Damascene Fast WSol  4:7-15v3 | Tit 1:5-2:1 | Lk 20:9-18* | [Gal 3:23-4:5; Mk 5:24-34*]
  5. Fri: Sabbas the Sanctified Fast WSol 5:15-6:3v4 | Tit 1:15-2:10 | Lk 20:19-26* | [Gal 5:22-6:2; Mt 11:27-30*]
  6. Sat: Nicholas, Wonderworker FW&O Proverbs Selectionsv1 | Eph 1:16-23 | Lk 12:32-40*
  7. Sun: Ambrose Bishop of Milan (1) FW&O Pr 10:31-11:12v2 | Col 1:12-18 | Lk 18:35-43* | [Eph 5:8-19; Lk 13:10-17*]
  8. Mon: Venerable Patapias of Thebes Fast WSol 4:7-15v3 | Heb 3:5-11 | Lk 20:27-44*
  9. Conception of Theotokos by Anna Fast Gn 14:14-20 | Heb 4:1-13 | Lk 21:12-19*
  10. Wed: Blessed John & Angelina, Serbia Fast Dt 1:8-11, 15-17 | Heb 5:11-6:8 | Lk 21:5-7, 10-11, 20-24*
  11. Wed: Synaxis of All Saints of Georgia Fast Dt 10:14-21 | Heb 7:1-6 | Lk 21:28-33*
  12. Fri: Spyridon the Wonderworker FW&O Is 54:1-8k | Heb 7:18-25 | Lk 21:37-22:8* | [Eph 5:8-19; John 10:9-16*]
  13. Sat: Herman, Wonderworker, Alaska FW&O Prayer of Manasseh, Vigil | Eph 2:11-13 | Lk 13:19-29*
  14. Sunday of Holy Forefathers (2) FW&O Mic 5:2-4,1st R Hr | Col 3:12-16; | Lk 17:12-19* | [Col 3:4-11; Lk 14:16-24*] 
  15. Mon: Hieromartyr Eleutherios Fast Bar 3:35-4:4, 3rd R Hr | Heb 8:7-13 | Mk 8:11-21* | [2 Tim 1:8-18; Mk 2:23-3:5*]
  16. Tue: The Holy Prophet Haggai Fast Is 7:10-16; 8:1-4,9-10, 6th R Hr | Heb 9:8-10, 15-23 | Mk 8:22-26*
  17. Wed: Holy Prophet Daniel, Three Youths Fast Is 9;6-7, 9th R Hr | Heb 10:1-18 | Mk 8:30-34*
  18. Thu: Martyr Sebastian & Companions Fast Gn 1:1-13 v1 | Heb 10:35-11:7 | Mk 9:10-16*
  19. Fri: Martyr Boniface of Tarsus Fast Nm 24:2-3, 5-9, 17-18v2 | Heb 11:8, 11-16 | Mk 9:33-41*
  20. Sat: Ignatius of Antioch Bishop Fast Mic 4:6-7; 5:2-4v3 | Eph 5:1-8 | Lk 14:1-11* | [Gal 3:8-12, Lk 13:18-29*]     
  21. Sunday Before Christ's Nativity (3) Fast Is 11:1-10v4 | Col 3:12-16 | Lk 18:18-27* | [Heb 11:9-10,17-23,32-40; Mt 1:1-25*]
  22. Mon: Great Martyr Anastasia, Companions Fast Bar 3:35-4:4v5 | Heb 11:17, 27-31 | Mk 9:42-50, 10:1*
  23. Tue: Holy Ten Martyrs of Crete (250) Fast Dan 2:31-36. 44-45v6 | Heb 12:25,26,13:22-25  Mk 10:2-12*
  24. Wed: Eve of the Nativity of Christ Fast Is 9:6-7v7 | Jam 11:1-8 | Mk 10:11-16* | [Heb 1:1-12; Lk 2:1-20*]  
  25. The Nativity of Christ in the Flesh Is 7:10-16; 8:1-4, 9-10v8 | Jam 1:19-27 | Mk 10:17-27* | [Gal 4:4-7; Mt 2:1-12*] 
  26. Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos Jer 5:10-19 k | Jam 2:1-13 | Mk 10:23-32* | [Heb 2:11-18; Mt 2:13-23*]
  27. Sat: Proto-Martyr & Arch-Deacon Stephen Jer 6:1-8 k | 1 Col 1:3-6 | Lk 16:10-15* | [1 Tim 6:11-16; Mt 21:33-42*]
  28. Sunday After the Nativity of Christ (4) Jer 6:9-21 k | Gal 1:11-19 | Mt 2:13-23* | [1 Tim 1:15-17; Lk 18:35-43*]          
  29. Mon: 20000 Martyrs of Nicomedia Jer 7:1-15 k | Jam 2:14z26 | Mk 10:46-52*
  30. Tue: Hieromartyr Gregory, Illuminator, Armenia Jer 7:21-29 k | Jam 3:1-10 | Mk 11:11-23*
  31. Wed: Ten Virgin Martyrs of Nicomedia Pr 3:13-20 k | Jam 3:11-4:6 | Mk 11:23-26*             

Notes

(#) = Tone of the week;  SAAS = Saint Athanasius Academy Septuagint / Old Testament Translation in The Orthodox Study Bible:2008 
The period or dot . before a reading signals a Vesperal Readings for a Saint or for Saints, or for a Sacred Event
k added to a citation signals a reading in Kellia, a lection provided for a greater knowledge of Sacred Scripture.  
v added to a citation indicates one of the  Vesperal Readings  §  See News Page for the Vesperal Readings in early December.